Handicap International recruits 01 Intern Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, …), Projet/programme de développement
Intern Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation
Pays : France
Ville : Lyon (France) or remotely
Date de prise du poste : 09/11/2020
Durée de la mission : 2 months
Date de clôture des candidatures : 04/11/2020
Référence de l’annonce : -ECA-10-20-6038
CONTEXTE DE TRAVAIL :
Handicap International has changed its name to « Humanity & Inclusion ». HI, Humanity & Inclusion is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation with no religious or political affiliations operating in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. Since the organisation was first founded in 1982, we have set up development programmes in 62 countries and responded to many emergencies. Today we have a budget of around 150 million euros, with 3500 employees worldwide. HI is engaged in an employment policy in favour of disabled workers.
For further information about the association: www.hi.org
Each year, millions of people throughout the world are affected by hazards such as droughts, floods, volcanic eruptions, mudslides, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and forest fires. The frequency of these hazards is increasing and their impact is heightened by poverty, increased population density, rampant and uncontrolled urbanization, environmental degradation and climate change. The occurrence of manmade hazards is also increasing.
DRR can preserve lives and increase the resilience of communities by strengthening their capacity to anticipate, absorb and recover from these shocks. DRR is also cost-effective. “On average, every euro invested in DRR activities saves between four and seven euros in the response to the consequences of natural disasters”.
This is why, since 2001, HI has been supporting strategies that empower communities and local institutions to prepare for, reduce the impact of, and respond to disasters and, in the long-term, increase their resilience.
Our objective and added-value is also to ensure that these strategies are inclusive, enabling the most at risk groups, and especially people with disabilities, to become actors in risk reduction and to benefit from protection. We continuously conduct, or contribute to, 20 to 30 disaster risk reduction projects every year in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America and the Caribbean.
The occurrence of Covid-19 in early 2020 represented a huge challenge for the entire humanitarian and risk management community, poorly prepared to face biological hazards, with the exception of countries disproportionately facing Ebola risks and protracted cholera/waterborne epidemics. HI’s inclusive disaster risk reduction teams and projects have had to adapt their risk mitigation and community preparedness activities accordingly to respond to probable health and socio-economic emergencies related to Covid-19. As in other organizations, technical guidelines have been urgently developed to facilitate and secure the prevention work of HI DRR team members and local branches of civil protection invested in our projects.
These HI DRR technical orientations aimed, from April 2020, at mitigating the risks of Covid-19 transmissions (by avoiding any form of discrimination) and at preparing the local crisis management actors to provide appropriate and inclusive assistance to the partner populations of our projects, and in particular to the vulnerable groups. Nevertheless, knowledge is evolving in the face of Covid-19, as well as WHO recommendations. It is therefore necessary to revise the actions proposed by the DRR sector according to new standards of preventive interventions. Many internal and external good practices have also been documented regarding the inclusion and protection of vulnerable groups facing Covid-19, and it will be necessary to learn from these promising practices.
DESCRIPTION DE POSTE :
Within a 20-person management team, the DRR/CCA team includes a Global Specialist and a Policy and Development Officer based at HI’s headquarters in Lyon, working in cooperation with their field colleagues (technical advisors, project managers, technical unit managers…) and other HI sectors of intervention. Reporting to the Global Specialist, you will contribute to the improvement of our community-based risk reduction practices in the context of Covid-19.
Within this framework, your activities will be the following:
-analyze the most recent recommendations of the WHO and inter-agency actors (IASC, VOICE, GNDR etc.) and organizations specialized in the management of health risks and particularly epidemics (Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, government agencies etc.)
-collect and analyze internal and external good practices regarding the inclusion and protection of vulnerable persons and persons with disabilities in Covid-19 preparedness and response activities
-propose the necessary adjustments to the technical guidance note entitled » Adapting Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) to a context of chronic epidemiological crisis: « How to conduct an inclusive community-based disaster risk reduction and management project in the Covid-19 context? », aimed at improving our organization’s ability to propose multi-hazard risk reduction projects.
PROFIL ATTENDU :
-you have a post-graduate diploma (Master 1 or 2) in the field of health, disaster risk reduction and management, humanitarian studies, sociology, social work or related area
-you have a strong interest in local development issues and risk and crisis management
-you master communication and IT tools
-you are self-motivated, have a sense of initiative and good communication skills
-you are rigorous, reliable and a team player
-you speak French and English (reading, written, speaking)
LANGUE(S) DE TRAVAIL :
SPECIFICITES/PARTICULARITES DU POSTE :
Given the restrictions in force, this internship can be completed remotely.
• Starting date: ASAP
• Length of the contract: 2 months
• Status: internship
• Additional benefits:
-if you are present at the head office in Lyon: restaurant tickets with a face value of 8.96 euros (60% paid by the employer, 40% paid by you)
-if you are present at the head office in Lyon: a 50% contribution to your transport pass
-if the sanitary conditions allow you to be present at the head office in Lyon, the IT equipment you need will be provided. If it is not possible for you to travel to Lyon due to restrictions, we will not be able to provide you with equipment.
You must have an internship agreement issued by a French educational or training institution.
Please send your CV and cover letter to: email@example.com
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we reserve to close this advert earlier than stated if a sufficient number of suitable applications have been received. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.